Ditch Diggers #17 – Blisters

Blisters come whether you hate digging ditches or love it.

  • Mur and Matt establish it is very early in the morning.
  • Moat Building 101
  • Being overwhelmed with multiple projects, multiple deadlines, and how to (and how not to) prioritize your time.
  • Mur talks about her involvement in Bookburners, and how much time non-writing tasks take up when you’re writing.
  • Matt makes a bunch of fancy announcements and talks about having a novel to finish while simultaneously having to write the third book in his Sin du Jour series in a month.
  • Composing a plan to deal with your multiple deadlines and balancing it with the rest of your life.
  • Writing, deadlines, and significant others.
  • Mur talks about her experience with renting office space to write and removing herself from social media.
  • Mur and Matt take email questions and questions from Twitter on story structure, the hardest parts of writing for a living, and MFA programs.
  • Serial Box presents Bookburners.
  • Tor.com Publishing announces Matt’s new book deal.
  • Oh, and we’re sorry, Kate Elliott. Check out her book, Black Wolves, coming out next month from Orbit!

Books on story structure recommended by Mur in this episode…

ENVY OF ANGELS giveaway: Email mightymur AT gmail and answer the question, “What are you doing besides writing to advance your writing career?” Best, most proactive answers win free copies of Matt’s new book dropping October 20th! Keep answers brief. No essays.

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Ditch Diggers #16 – Live from Worldcon

Matt and I did a live worldcon Ditch Diggers event with amazing guest stars Fonda Lee, Linda Nagata, Kate Elliott, and Aliette de Bodard, and then we interviewed (somewhat belligerently) Tor.com editor Lee Harris.

For the record, Lee was right about what we were arguing about. I can dragon up and admit this.

Thanks to Sasquan for hosting us!

NEW- Rapper Devo Spice turned in our theme song right before our event, but we had no microphones to play it, but you get to hear it now!

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Ditch Diggers #15 – Freelancing with Mikki Kendall

We welcome Mikki Kendall, writer of fiction, nonfiction, comics, and unintentionally viral social media tags (#solidarityisforwhitewomen) to the show to talk the freelance life, when to go pro, and what kind of baked goods gets you jobs.

HEY- don’t forget Matt and I will be at WorldCon, with a LIVE DITCH DIGGERS coming Thursday at noon! Those of you playing at home, there may be video.

Show Notes:

– Recording in Morgan Freeman’s apiary and why you never upset Morgan’s bees.
– An overview of Mikki as a freelance writer.
– How Mikki landed her first comic book writing gig using social media, cupcakes, and very apparent writing ability, and how the comics writing process works.
– Creating the hashtag that propelled Mikki’s social media presence.
– The nuts and bolts of using social media to build a platform (which, in addition to complex sociopolitical issues, can and does include live-tweeting VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop” every Monday night).
– Dealing with the inevitable trolls across your social media presence.
– Moving forward once you blow up on social media.
– Dealing with editor’s notes (Mur tells her infamous “choad” story).
– Mikki agrees with Matt about the philosophical cross-applicability of the 1980’s Patrick Swayze classic ROAD HOUSE.
– Mikki’s decision to go freelance full-time, the logistics of how she and her husband arrived at that decision, and how she built up her freelance writing portfolio and presence beforehand.
– How to build a platform from scratch now in a post-social network age.

Where to find Mikki on-line…


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Ditch Diggers #13 – Travel

Matt and I got to see each other for the first time in years a couple weekends back, where we drank, played games, and then recorded in a rather hungover way. Since we had traveled to get there, we figured we would talk travel.

BONUS pics by Bruce Press

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The evil picnic table.

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Told you there was a labyrinth.

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The ditch diggers.


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Ditch Diggers #12.5 – The return of Hurley and Wendig 2, Electric Boogaloo

The other half of the drunken evening with Kameron and Chuck!


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Ditch Diggers #12 – The return of Hurley and Wendig

[NOTE- I’ve fixed the audio problems. If you didn’t like the split channels, please re-download this new file. –ML]

Author powerhouses Kameron Hurley and Chuck Wendig return to Ditch Diggers, this time answering questions from Twitter. We got a lot of questions, so the show ran long, and I cut it into TWO episodes, so you get MORE Hurley and Wendig next week! Whoa!


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Ditch Diggers #11: When it is NOT OK to suck // Ken Liu Interview

In I Should Be Writing i’m constantly saying that it’s OK to suck. And that’s solid advice.

For new writers.

Then I talk to award winning author and translator Ken Liu.


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Ditch Diggers #9: Writing to the market

Matt and I discuss writing to the market, writing for money instead of art, and answer your questions. It’s a short one, because the next one is a super-long episode with Gail Carriger! And it drops very very soon!


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Ditch Diggers #7: Conventions // Brianna Wu Interview

I was sick when we recorded this. We talk conventions, why to go, why to not go, and your questions. Also, an interview with Brianna Wu from Giant Spacekat that I got at Boskone this year! We talk about her game Revolution 60 and then geek out hardcore about games.

(This was recorded before the Hugo announcement over Easter.)


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Ditch Diggers #6 – Awards

Matt and I discuss awards, the mental game, the worth of awards, and we swear a bit. We answer Twitter and email questions.

And… we have a new Morgan Freeman meme: I’m fucking using the Twitter.

So go, little meme makers, get on that.


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